Public perceptions of air quality and and quality of life in urban and suburban areas of London

Williams, I.D. and Bird, A. (2003) Public perceptions of air quality and and quality of life in urban and suburban areas of London. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 5, (2), 253-259. (doi:10.1039/b209473h).


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A comparative study was undertaken at two different sites (one urban, one suburban) in Greater London in order to examine whether there was a relationship between publicly available air quality data and the public's perception of air quality. Perceptions of air quality and its role as a potential quality of life indicator was also investigated. A total of 200 people were interviewed in Wood Green and Wimbledon in 1999 and air quality data were obtained simultaneously from the nearest appropriate monitoring station. The study has enabled a comparison between the public's perception of air quality and the actual monitored concentration values. The survey results reveal how seriously the public regards air pollution from road traffic in terms of their quality of life and identifies the attitudes of the public to nuisance from road traffic. The results reveal that the public's perception of air quality is not a reliable indicator of the actual levels of air pollution in their area. The results also revealed that air pollution issues generated as a result of road traffic are of high importance in terms of people's quality of life when compared to other aspects of their quality of life. The study revealed that residents in the urban area (Wood Green) were more disturbed by road traffic than residents in the suburban area (Wimbledon). Out of all the disturbances listed, it was found that residents were more disturbed by vehicle-derived fumes, dust and dirt than other aspects of road traffic related nuisance. The TELETEXT/CEEFAX service on air quality was little used by the public as a means of obtaining information on air pollution.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1039/b209473h
Additional Information: Williams I. D., Bird A., (2003). "Public perceptions of air quality and and quality of life in urban and suburban areas of London." Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 5/2, 253-259
ISSNs: 1464-0325 (print)
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Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences
ePrint ID: 53668
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
February 2003Published
26 September 2002Submitted
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:32

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